Dementia progress 'achingly slow': envoy

Jun 19, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT
This retirement home in central England is one of many institutions and hospitals across the country turning to poetry to provide some respite from the symptoms of dementia, such as the loss of memory, communication and basic skills.
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Progress on research and treatment for dementia has been "achingly slow", an expert says ahead of a London summit. Dr Dennis Gillings said a pledge by G8 countries to find a cure or treatment by 2025 would be "impossible" without better incentives for investment. Dr Gillings, appointed world dementia envoy by UK PM David Cameron six month ago, called for faster and cheaper clinical trials for dementia drugs. Hosting the event, the PM will call for a "big, bold global push" on dementia.
Dementia progress 'achingly slow' says global envoy [BBC]
'Desperate need' for dementia study [Belfast Telegraph]